Netflix Could Undermine UltraViolet As Low Cost Rentals Trash Studio Profits: Report

Moguls will need a stiff drink nearby when they read Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne’s bracing report today about the state of the home video business — and Hollywood studios. He says that film operations at Universal, Disney, Paramount, Fox, and Warner Bros are worth about $19.3B, down from $40.2B in 2007. And a big reason for the 52% drop is that studios’ annual home video profits from each TV household fell to $100 last year from $127 in 2007 — and will continue to slide to $93 in 2015. Sales and high-priced rentals of DVDs and Blu-ray discs from retailers such as Blockbuster are simply falling too fast as consumers discover that they can do just fine paying $1.20 a night to rent a disc at a kiosk — or less to watch a movie from Netflix. The analyst says it’s possible that studios will boost sales of discs with the UltraViolet initiative, which gives buyers opportunities to stream the movies to mobile and other digital devices. But probably not: Read More »

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‘Harry Potter’ Won’t Be Gone Too Long

Harry Potter fans take heart. Just because Warner Bros says it won’t ship more DVDs or Blu-rays after December 29, that doesn’t mean Hogwarts will immediately vanish from physical or virtual shelves. Or that it won’t be available for … Read More »

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Report: Blu-ray Sales Falling Short Of Expectations Even As Prices Decline

By | Wednesday June 8, 2011 @ 6:26am PDT

A research report this morning from The NPD Group confirms the prevailing narrative that the home video business is in trouble — although you might miss that if you just look at the upbeat headline on its release: “Consumers … Read More »

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DVD Disaster? Study Says Sales Plummeted In 2010, Contrary To Industry Report

The bottom seems to have fallen out of the DVD market according to a startling report out this week from SNL Kagan. The research firm says that studio shipments of DVDs fell 43.8% to 226 million discs last year. Wholesale revenues fell … Read More »

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MGM Re-Ups DVD Deal With Fox Through 2016

Mike Fleming

One day after making a deal to co-finance the next two James Bond films and other feature films over the next five years, MGM chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum solidified another piece of the reawakening studio’s puzzle by renewing its DVD deal with Fox through 2016. Here’s the official announcement:

LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2011 – MGM announced today that the company has renewed its worldwide Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through 2016. As part of the new agreement, Fox will now oversee electronic-sell-through for MGM titles and will continue to handle MGM’s vast and extensive movie and television library, as well as distribute several upcoming new release productions in the home entertainment market, including the next JAMES BOND film, set for global theatrical release on November 9, 2012.”

“Twentieth Century Fox is a valued partner that has taken great care of the MGM library for many years with the highest degree of integrity,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “They are a tremendous asset to the studio as we look towards the future.”

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Netflix 2010 4th-Quarter Profit Jumps 52%

The online DVD and streaming rental provider which keeps announcing Big Media deal after deal also announced today that it now has 20 million subscribers and expects to have perhaps as many as 23 million by the end of 2011′s … Read More »

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‘Avatar’ Extended Collectors Set Unveiled

EXCLUSIVE: As if Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron haven’t made enough money off this movie… It was always the director’s intention to create the “ultimate box set” that went deeper into the filmmaker process and the Avatar journey for … Read More »

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Blockbuster Bankruptcy Shows Danger of Being Inflexible In Digital Age

By | Thursday September 23, 2010 @ 8:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

Blockbuster made it official today, filing its long expected Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with a line of creditors that includes its product suppliers like Fox, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros and Disney. It seems unfathomable that given Blockbuster’s supremacy at one time–think of all the mom and pop video stores that went … Read More »

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Asia Pacific Is Fastest-Growing Market

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 4:03am PDT

DollarSigns.jpgSpending on movies and home entertainment in Asia Pacific will increase by 7.2% compounded annually to reach $29.3 billion by 2014. So says PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest global entertainment and media outlook 2010-2014, published today. The pace of spending in Latin America will … Read More »

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GAME CHANGER? Paramount & Redbox Enter Pact To Release Day And Date In The Sell-Through Market After 10-Month Test

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 1:25pm PDT

paramountlogoHOLLYWOOD, CA and OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (June 15, 2010) -Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. (PHE) and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (redbox), today announced that Paramount exercised its option to extend its revenue sharing license agreement, providing redbox access to PHE DVD

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Overseas Video Spend Drops 4% Annually

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 8:55am PDT

avatar_dvdConsumer spending on Blu-ray and DVD is going to decline on average by 3.5% a year between over the next five years. So says London-based consultancy Screen Digest, which predicts the amount spent overseas on “packaged media” will drop to $14.5 … Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Plans Finale For ‘Heroes’?

By | Thursday May 13, 2010 @ 6:21pm PDT

heroes_nbc_tv_show_title_card_logo6:20 PM UPDATE: Now I hear NBC will decide on 3 possible futures for Heroes, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. The most unlikely is a 13-episode order for midseason. (Creator Tim Kring is hoping for this scenario, of course.) A real … Read More »

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19.7 Million ‘Avatar’ Blu-ray & DVDs Sold

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 3:27pm PDT

avatar_dvdJames Cameron’s Avatar retail sales (not including rental sales) have reached 19.7 million Blu-ray disc and DVDs combined worldwide by its third week in release, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. (By comparison, The Dark Knight sold approximately 16 million … Read More »

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Lionsgate To Distribute Newmarket Titles

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 1:57pm PDT

lionsgate_logoSANTA MONICA, CA (May 11, 2010) – LIONSGATE and Exclusive Media Group’s Newmarket Films have announced that they have entered into a home entertainment distribution deal including DVD, Blu-ray, digital delivery, TV and Video On Demand (VOD). Under the terms of the arrangement, Lionsgate will become the exclusive Home Entertainment distributor for all Newmarket Films theatrical releases in the United States in addition to a large majority of Newmarket’s extensive library of high profile releases

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‘Avatar 2D’ Sets DVD/Blu-ray Sales Record

By | Sunday April 25, 2010 @ 11:30am PDT

2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY 11:15 AM: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced avatar_dvdthat James Cameron’s AVATAR 2D flew off shelves to become the fastest-selling Blu-ray of all time after just four days in U.S, and Canadian stores. Excluding rental sales, … Read More »

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Redbox Caves To Two Hollywood Holdouts

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 2:54pm PDT

redboxI just got back in the office to find out yet another entity caved to Hollywood studio power and pressure. Frankly, I would have loved to see Redbox really stick it to the majors in its effort to make cheap DVDs … Read More »

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Forecast: Online Movie Pot Of Gold Fading

By | Tuesday April 20, 2010 @ 12:44am PDT

Pot of GoldUh-oh. You know how online movies are always being held up as the pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow? How downloading movies, or streaming them over the internet, will more than make up … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Film Hoopla For 75th Bday

By | Wednesday April 14, 2010 @ 3:58pm PDT

This sounds like less of an artistic celebration — and more like crass commercialism:

20thCenturyFoxLos Angeles, CA April 14, 2010 – Today, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment kicked off a 12-month marketing, promotions, publicity and media campaign to honor and promote the studio’s legacy and library. The celebration will include the release of more than 300 films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.


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Is Bill Condon About To Sink Fangs Into ‘Twilight’ Saga’s Two Final Segments?

By | Wednesday April 7, 2010 @ 10:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

twilight-new-moonEXCLUSIVE: Bill Condon has emerged as the number one choice to direct the final two installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, I’m told. Summit Entertainment hasn’t signed him, but I’m told that after several strong meetings, they are negotiating. Condon … Read More »

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